MontClairVoyant: During Pandemic, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Is More Than a Movie

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Does the coronavirus pandemic raging in our town and elsewhere have any silver linings?

Sincerely,

Or Bronze Linings

Some, but it’s not right to discuss the bright side of a scourge that’s hurting so many people. Unless you bribe me with face masks and an offer to sneak into Montclair’s closed library to return my copy of Albert Camus’ “The Plague.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
What’s one silver lining?

Sincerely,
Silver Dolor

The state ordered non-essential construction to stop, so too-big/too-upscale projects like the downtown “arts district” will apparently be delayed. Developer tears can be saved to fill the Montclair Art Museum’s planned reflecting pool.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Another silver lining?

Sincerely,
Sterling Silver

This spring’s worthless NJSLA (formerly PARCC) tests were canceled. If Pearson’s profits plummet, that much-disliked corporate behemoth will continue to exist because, well, “a Pearson’s a Pearson, no matter how small.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
“Horton Hears a Who!” Another silver lining?

Sincerely,
Seuss On the Loose

Air quality has improved because there are far fewer cars on the road, and the environment in general is getting a big breather. Heck, water is so much cleaner that we’re again seeing whales in Toney’s Brook.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Don’t tell Captain Ahab. And fewer people outside has meant freer reign for animals, right?

Sincerely,
Call Me (Lillian) Gishmeal

Yup, I’ve spotted deer in Anderson Park and more squirrels than usual cavorting on my garden-apartment complex’s lawn. One squirrel is even spending $100 a month for a garage space to park an acorn it carved into the shape of a car.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
And isn’t increased family togetherness a silver lining (at least for non-dysfunctional households) as we shelter at home?

Sincerely,
Clan of the Cave Lair

Yes and no. There can be a bit too much togetherness when everyone’s in the same space most of the time, so I go outside each day to walk my cat or walk alone — using a harness and leash in both cases.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Isn’t a final silver lining the pandemic-time kindness and generosity of many Montclairites?

Sincerely,
Al Truistic

Indeed! They’ve donated money, made face masks, sent food to health workers, shared coping ideas, etc. One landlord — David Placek — even waived three months rent for his tenants! It seems Donald Trump is a role model…to behave the opposite in every way.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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